Thursday, December 03, 2009
A taste of Taiwanese cuisine
In 2000 by coincidence I explored an exquisite (and authentic) Taiwanese restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 39, it was the Water-1999. Water's dishes were one of the best outside Taiwan; certainly it is not in the category of those overseas Taiwanese Restaurants that altered taste to please the market outside of Taiwan. Since then I was a regular to Water-1999 until the restaurant had to give way to a property development on the premises.
In 2008 by coincidence I found Demi, also a Taiwanese restaurant. My favorite dishes such as Basil Chicken Pot in Taiwanese Three-cup Sauce, Clams with Tofu and Chili Sauce, Stir-fired Pork Kidney with Ginger, Stir-fried Beef in Taiwanese Sa-cha Sauce with Morning Glory, Ma-chu (glutinous balls covered with peanuts flakes), and the beloved Pork Belly Stew in Sweet and Salty Gravy on Rice can all been discovered in Demi. The weird part is, they almost tasted the same with those in Water-1999.
After three years of temporary operation in a smaller shop (selling lunch box and light meal) on Thonglo Soi 21, in 2007 Water-1999 made the empire-strike-back with the name Demi.
Demi, name of the restaurant, and name of the owner, as well as name of the chef. They are three-in-one. So make sure the owner cum chef is in the kitchen before you place the order.
Demi Taiwanese Restaurant 茶米餐廳 ***1/2
21/15 Sukhumvit Soi 49
Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Open daily : 11am - 10pm
Pay (food only for two): around THB 1,000